17th Annual Buddy Walk/World Down Syndrome Day

Saturday March 30, 2019 - 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Saturday March 30th, 2019 at the Null Building (Main indoor building) at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds Complex will be our Buddy Walk/World Down Syndrome Day Celebration!

Please come out and join us for a day filled with fun, friends and excitement!  We are celebrating World Down Syndrome Day and our Buddy Walk that was re-scheduled from last September.  This event will be held at the Frederick Fairgrounds in Frederick, Maryland (See Events).  Just as in the Buddy Walk, we will have raffle baskets, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, team tents, petting zoo, moon bounces, slime station, rock painting, face painting, balloon animals, etc.  Award giving out to “Most Creative Tent”.  STAR WARS characters will be back!!

Refreshments like hot dogs, chips, granola bars and water will be available for individuals that register for the walk.  Soda, Kona Ice and Pizza will be available for purchase.


Click logo or here to go to the registration page for the walk through CROWDRISE.  All individuals with Down Syndrome are FREE.  Please use the code “buddy2018”.


Online registrations that were purchased last fall are still valid for this event. Please use the link below if you have not already registered for this event. We will be using the Frederick Fairgrounds Null Building as our main event building for this event. This is a rain or shine event and we want to make sure that we have a space large enough to accommodate all of our attendees.

We will have a lot of the same activities as we have at our Buddy Walks at Baker Park such as:

• Jack Bacorn of PHD Sound as our DJ
• The “Buddy Walk” around the fairgrounds at noon (see attached map)
• Petting Zoo and Moon Bounces (located outside of the Null Building)
• Face Painting and “NEW” balloon animals
• Make your own Slime Station and Rock Painting Station
• Kona Ice for sale
• Raffle Baskets and Silent Auction and “NEW” 50/50 Drawing
• Community Members and Resources
• Demonstrations and Activities (Karate, Dance, Yoga, and more)
• Instead of “Most Creative” Team Tent, we will have “Most Creative” Team Table
Each team will have a table to decorate/store jackets and purses during the event
• Hot dogs/chips/water included with registration-other food options and soda for sale
• People dressed in Star Wars costumes

**Click here to see a map of the layout of the fairgrounds.**

Please use the link to set up your teams and register for this event. https://www.crowdrise.com/FRIENDS17thAnnualBuddyWalk

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday March 30th.   Please contact Evan Routzahn if you have any questions or comments.

Continue to check our Facebook page and Website as we add additional activities for this event.

AGENDA (Tentatively)

10:00am    Open registration

10:30am    Dessert Dash Start


11:40am    Announcements-Thank Corporate Sponsors-FRIENDS updates

11:50am     Mayor’s Proclamation

11:55am    National Anthem

11:58am    Moment of Silence

12:00pm    Walk begins!

12:15pm    Food is ready!

12:30-1:50pm   First Presentation—-Zumbini with Rebecca

1:00-1:20pm   Second Presentation—-Jay and Melissa Silverman Magic Show

1:30-1:50pm   Third Presentation—–F.A.T.E. Center for the Arts- Dance routine

2:00-2:20pm   Fourth Presentation—-Special Olympics Young Athlete Program

2:30-3:00pm    Announce Raffle/Silent Auction/ 50/50 winners

3:00pm    End